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Off The Chart: 16 February 1987

Off The Chart: 16 February 1987

It’s 1987 all over again on this week’s Off The Chart as we uncover some of the week’s hits that you haven’t heard for years, if ever. As usual we’ll be peppering them with three of the week’s big new albums, a review of the day’s goings-on and, despite popular demand, a look at the Japanese chart, concluding with the UK’s top five in full.

  • Which band had fourteen hits but only cracked the top 40 once?
  • Who compiled all their singles into a 126-disc box set?
  • And whose attempt to break the US killed their UK top 40 career stone dead?

Tune in and find out!


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There’s a podcast too!

For those of you who enjoy the nonsense we talk but don’t have time to listen to the music, we’ve put the talky bits together with some exclusive extras to make a podcast! In this week’s podcast, sponsored by Woman’s Own magazine, we look at the UK charts from this day in 1987 and end up with a Coronation Street spin-off, a mystery bum and a visit to the Broadcasting Under Manager.

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Spotify playlists

If you’ve missed a previous edition they’re all on our Mixcloud page, or for a taster of the music we play, listen to our Spotify playlist Way Off The Chart including one track from each show!

We also have a Spotify playlist for our #ICEOTWF feature, including all (well, most) of the international hits we’ve played since the feature began in March 2017. There are all sorts of oddities in here, all of which were hits somewhere in the world but not in the UK!

Off The Chart: 7 April 1985

Off The Chart: 7 April 1985

It’s Easter 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian laugh in the face of technical problems to revisit the UK singles chart from 35 years ago today! This week’s hollow, chocolate-flavoured show contains the usual selection … read more

Off The Chart: 23 April 1985

Off The Chart: 23 April 1985

It’s the end of another dexy which means it’s 1985 on this week’s Off The Chart! Join us for another two hours of hits, headlines and Harvesters including the usual barrowload of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one … read more

Off The Chart: 6 January 1986

Off The Chart: 6 January 1986

Happy New (old) Year! Come back to the first week of 1986 with Steve and Julian on this week’s Off The Chart and try to overlook the fact that it’s only three weeks since we did December 1985. Still, there’ll … read more

Off The Chart: 28 October 1986

Off The Chart: 28 October 1986

Come back in time with us as Steve and Julian revisit the UK singles chart of this day in 1986 on another Off The Chart! They’ll unearth some forgotten hits, play three tracks from one of the week’s big albums, … read more

1986 Christmas Top 40

Jocky Wilson

Something seemed to have shifted in 1986. Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club and Frankie Goes To Hollywood all returned from their mid-decade break to lesser acclaim, failing to score a top three hit between them. Wham! called it a … read more